Mr Farrell's general points are only in the headings of this post if you want to read them in detail you need to go to:
I have been posting about this topic for quite a while now in my ''The WMT - What Went Wrong?'' series. Unlike Mr Farrell who is always more than a little tempted to blame the youth I plant the blame squarely on the leaders, elders and teachers.
1. The contamination of occultism by dumbed down “New Age” systems, fantasy and fraud.
Absolutely agree with you here Mr Farrell but of course I would add the Golden Dawn and its spin-offs to your list as they are the ones responsible for most of the problems we are now dealing with. You are right in the early part of your post when you say the GD has been a failure. It has.
2. Contamination by Intellect.
3. Contamination by Psychology.
4. Contamination by fundamentalism.
Fundamentalism is stupid but a concern with correcting errors in the tradition by a recourse to earlier source material and fresh archaelogical evidence is absolutely rational. There should be arguments about the Kabbalah and the way it is used in the WMT. These arguments need to be had, those conflicts are signs that the tradition is living.
5. Contamination of training systems by “non-occult” leaders.
6. The failure of modern students to study or give the work priority.
Don't blame the kids again, bro. We can go round and round on this all you like Mr Farrell, but it is the teachers of this generation who are failing to pass the tradition on because we are not teaching properly or handling the changes in the Zeitgeist. If you can't change with the times, you, and your order are dust. Magick will survive in a different form.
7. Failure to financially support teachers, writers, or orders.
Look, this kind of whining from occultists annoys me more than anything else. First of all, you're supposedly magicians right? If you're not magician enough to magic yourself up some money then maybe you shouldn't be teaching ''sorcery'' in the first place. This kind of financial pressure will hopefully cut down the amount of wannabe writers/teachers out there who don't want to do anything but write and teach on the occult and return the balance in favour of the groups who have the money from their normal occupation and practise esoteric sciences on their own time. If not that then to the actual shamans who work tirelessly with and for the community that support them and which they live in. Nothing wrong with this, in fact this is how it should be and how it has been for most of recorded history. The 70s circuit, etc were the self absorbed baby boomers of the occult revival who failed to effectively pass on the tradition. So in this Golden Age you are missing these people laid the foundations for the current problems. It was a blip in the history of magic not its peak by any means.
My entire work will continue to be published for free on this blog. Thanks but I don't need your money for my ideas. The tranmission of the knowledge is reward enough. I just want people to use the tools they now have at their disposal to create a Renaissance and stop holding back because they think they might one day turn it into a few thousand books. Josephine McCarthy's high quality Quareia course is free.
If you want to charge a fortune for your work bear in mind that people do just steal what they need - people break intellectual copyright laws all the time. We don't make a big deal about all the movies and music that have been stolen. The internet has changed everything. If you're not good enough to make it as a writer, a teacher or an order in these new times because of a lack of marketing nous or basic business acumen then get a different job. Your customers don't have as much money as they used to. Most practitioners are poor and therefore the extra cost of supporting jet-setting teachers is not something they are comfortable with. You want to get money from an average Gen Y you better be good, because they are going to read reviews, check and double check before they spend it. If you are reputable and adaptable enough to survive, excellent, you have been sucessfully selected by the Zeitgeist. ''Its the economy stupid''. Don't whine, adapt or die.
8. The collapse of the Order and Teaching system. Orders and teachers used to be the balance.
9. The Internet has made occultism too accessible.
10. The quality of occult information has become less and not more.
They were charging eighteen pounds for a CD in the 90s - I am glad these industries are dying - they deserve to. Publishing will only exist for these small beautifully bound works of the grimoire crowd, as it should be, and the way it once was - these books are not for the mass marketing of the occult they are for the veneration and dedicated study of the secret and the few.